Thoughts awaken a greater hunger for God’s Word and pursue a deeper relationship with the Father.
Gods Word is the most powerful thing in the universe and yet so few meaningfully engage with it. I struggle with this! I pray these concentrated biblical thoughts will speak powerfully and awaken a further hunger to read the Father’s Word.
Romans 1 When we know God but do not revere Him as the Holy Almighty King, His image is distorted in our hearts and minds. As Israel at Sinai we create our own image of God, that will give us what we want but not require us to change and conform to His higher standards. We still believe we are worshipping Yahweh but He has become as manageable deity that we control.
depending on your own works, church attendance or anything else is futile. All pious religious devotion is a complete waste of time unless you allow God to change (circumcise) your heart.
Romans 3 Zero benefit to being a Jew or part of a certain denomination.
25 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Your good works and effort are futile. The most pious person in the world is a wicked wicked sinner and has no hope of pleasing God. It is impossible to please God by your own striving/ability.
Romans 4 Abraham and all the saints of old were given Right standing with God because of their faith!! They could not earn it!!
26 for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Believing on Christ ( complete surrender to the King) is the only way to be made right with God.
Romans 5 when you hated and were against God, Christ died personally for you in hopes of rescuing you from inevitable death and bringing you into His eternal kingdom.
5:20 the law was given to reveal our desperate need for grace
Romans 6 the key to being set free from all sin and come to a complete surrender is to die.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
If you are buried with Christ it is impossible to do anything. Now you have been raised to new life where the Holy Spirit is controlling your thoughts/life and God has given you His very character and nature!!
This is a progressive process but the more you walk in the power of the Spirit you become more and more like the Father in every way.
8 if you are dead in Christ the you are alive and walking with Him in heavenly places. So many Christians have not come to complete surrender, so they are still so caught up in virtual reality, so though positionally seated with Christ until they are buried in baptism they will not awaken to eternal reality.
14 empowered by grace it is impossible for Sin to have dominion over you.
16 what you serve/treasure most in your heart is what will control you!! If you are more passionate about other things than God they will control you. When you personally walk with the Father nothing else can control you. Pray for a greater revelation of the Father, begin to awaken his desire in prayer, reading the word and worship.
6:23 all who live for themselves (sin) are on a one way street to eternal death. Life is getting darker and more hopeless each day. Those who have found and are living by grace are going higher and higher into the Kingdom of heaven each day.
Romans 7:1 until your life and desires are completely surrendered and buried with Christ, they will control and have dominion over you!!
4 to find freedom and live in victory you must become dead to the Law so you can become the bride of Christ and live for Him alone.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death
The great battle between light and darkness. As long as you try with your own efforts to follow God you will fail miserably. It’s is humanly impossible to live pleasing to God. That is why you desperately need grace. Only he Grace(empowerment of Christ) can empower you to live a life pleasing to God. Living pleasing to God, it is no longer you that lives but Christ. The life you now live is controlled and governed by Christ!!
Romans 8 Relationship with the Holy Spirit is the only way gain right standing with God, live a life pleasing to Him and live an overcoming victorious life. Without the Holy Spirit this is impossible!!
Without the spirit we our minds are against God and spiritually dead. Thus is is absolutely impossible to please God. In our own abilities it would be far easier and more possible for human beings to learn to fly like birds than please God. That is how impossible it is to please God apart from the divine empowerment (grace) given by the Holy Spirit!!
8:11 The Spirit raised Christ from the dead and when Christ lives he you, He spiritually resurrects your mortal body to live in the Spirit as Jesus did on this earth!
Living without the spirit = spiritual death
Living with the Spirit = completely free from earthly desires and Become children of God and heirs to everything God is and has. As an earthy King trains and prepares His son to rule, the Father uses Suffering and the training ground of this life to continually Unlock our inheritance and make us into kings and priests.
19 all creation is yearning and longing for the day when Gods children will be mature and ready to receive their inheritance and once again have dominion over the earth fulfilling The Fathers will and kingdom on earth as in heaven.
The Father has sovereignly decided to give man control over the earth. This dominion was lost to Satan in the garden but Jesus won it back at the cross making it possible for a new race of beings just like Jesus would fulfill the Fathers plan from the very beginning to have dominion and Govern the earth as ambassadors with the Fathers heart.
31 predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren
The Father works sometimes despite situations to use this training ground of this earthly life to prepare us to mature us as His children. The Father is more concerned about our eternal well being and maturing us than earthly comfort. Like any plant intense heat (or trials in our life) often enable the most rapid periods of spiritual growth.
38 if God is for us how on earth can I worry about any detail of my life. Why I am I do illogical and insane?? If the Creator of the universe who put the stars in place, overcame thousand of kings and armies in the OT what on earth am I so worried about. Sure God could defeat an entire army and kill 185000 enemy soldiers in one night but I don’t know if he can protect me! He can rain down food from heaven to feed an infinte number of people in the wilderness or Jesus multiplied food, but I am worried God can’t provide for me or my family?? He can miraculously heal people and even raise them from the dead, but I dont know if he can heal my specific problem.
Do you hear how crazy this sounds?? That is because it is totally insane. Our greatest problem is we take ourselves too seriously. If God do this before what makes your life so special or different that you think somehow God would not be able to do this in your life.
Romans 9 have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. Getting to such a depth of relationship where your heart breaks as deeply as the Father’s heart for His children.
True Israel = heart condition; Israel (Jacob) are those whose hearts are continually wrestling with God to know Him more.
Romans 10 trying to be made right and please God apart from Christ is insane and impossible! Christ is the end of the law and the end of our own strivings and efforts because being buried with Him in baptism it is no longer I that live but Christ in me the hope of becoming like the Father in every way and completing the Fathers mission.
Romans 11 if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness:
Romans 12:1 the only reasonable logical response to The King rescuing you from the prison of eternal chains and death is to completely give him your life. You owe Him Everything. When a slave is rescued from an awful kingdom they live the rest of their lives totally indebted and serving their rescuer. Their devotion to their savior is so extreme they would take a bullet or die for that person.
Our greatest problem in life (and deception from the enemy) is we forget and fail to recognized what we have been rescued from ( eternal unending torment and complete separation from God). Failing to understand the depths of how Christ rescued me, prevents me from understanding how desperately I need Him and what He has saved me from.
If Jesus is merely a nice friend who will bless me and give me a nice life, He does not deserve my complete devotion and I am not indebted to Him. However if Jesus is my Savior who rescued me from the most wicked kingdom of darkness and then made me a king and heir of the greatest kingdom in the history of the world, then I owe Him everything. If this is the case me only logical response would be to spend every moment of the remainder of my life serving Him. To do anything else would be insane and unthinkable. In heroic movies all humanity concurs with this train of thought. “Jesus I owe you my life”! Because you have rescued me from the worst of captivity every moment of my life now rightfully belongs to you.
Our lives doubly belong to God. He created us and the creation is deeply indebted to its Creator. Then He twice purchased possession of our lives when Jesus redeemed us.
It’s one thing to be rescue or once indebted to someone. But recognizing the Father has doubly possessed my life it would be totally insane to devote one thought or moment of my life to living for myself or creating my own plans.
Romans 12:2 transform or be conformed. There is such pressure to confirm unless you actively seek continual transformation in every area of your life, you will be conformed to the world. As a canoer paddling upstream the moment you stop seeking transformation you will lose all progress and start drifting further and further to be conformed to the world. People who seek God in their teen years then settle down in life and stop seeking transformation will lose all progress and be conformed. This is why we must continually seek transformation. This is only possible thru the Holy Spirit (Romans 1-8). Without the Holy Spirit transformation is impossible and though you can try to please God you will be conformed to religious forms and the world and be completely unable to please God and live in His kingdom.
To know God And live in His kingdom requires continual transformation. This can only be fueled and empowered by the Spirit.
12:21 overcome evil with good
Romans 13 motivation to Godly conduct
knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
14 put on the Lord Jesus Christ and since it’s is no longer you that live it will be impossible to do anything other than Christs will.
Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. As you have been buried in baptism (5-6; gal) Jesus Christ has picked up His life in you. The life you are now Living is governed and guided by the Spirit to live the resurrection life that Jesus walked in on this earth. The kingdom of heaven invading earth. Jesus came to unite the two realms the Fathers will being done on heaven as on earth and as His hands and feet living on the earth He has called us to continue this mission.
Paul urges and reminds us to daily and intentionally think about put on Jesus Christ. Finish His mission on this earth. Just as king passes his scepter, crown and robe to his son, so Jesus has passed on all authority on heaven and earth to accomplish the Fathers eternal will. Putting on Christ, is putting on his robe, crown and mission to fulfill the Fathers will and bring the kingdom of heaven to this earth.
Romans 14 don’t get hung up on temporal religious rules!!
All these things will pass away so is so foolish to get caught up on such things; they only distract you from Living in and growing in Gods eternal kingdom.
Romans 15 strong must support/disciple weak
15:13 the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Hope joy peace and all the fruits of the spirit can only come thru an active and vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit in your life!!
Romans 16 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
The Spirtual taking over of the kingdom, Satan cast out or heaven and The King comes riding on a white horse conquering and setting up His kingdom on the earth.